- Parkway Minerals (PWN) has reached mechanical completion at its aMES pilot plant at Victoria University
- The company will now move into the pre-commission stage of development for the plant, which includes a staged start-up procedure
- The actual aMES technology involves treating concentrated brine solutions to recover a range of valuable minerals, reagents and freshwater
- The plant will use this technology, once commissioned, to test feedstock from the Karinga Lakes Potash Project and third parties
- Shares in Parkway Minerals are currently trading for one cent each, up 18.8 per cent
Parkway Minerals (PWN) has hit another milestone, after reaching mechanical completion at its aMES pilot plant at Victoria University.
The completion follows detailed engineering, procurement & construction work which kicked off at the start of this year.
It also allows the company to move on to the important pre-commissioning phase of development at the pilot plant.
Before that begins, Parkway will carry out a series of pre-commissioning tests, such as leak-testing of piping and vessels, testing rotating equipment and instrumentation, as well as testing controls and associated process logic.
Once the pre-commissioning tests all wrap up, the plant will undergo a staged start-up procedure which will verify its process steps and overall safety performance.
Then once the start-up is completed, Parkway advises that the plant will then undergo formal commissioning as part of a broader process piloting campaign.
The actual aMES technology involves treating concentrated brine solutions to recover a range of valuable minerals, reagents and freshwater
The pilot will first use feedstock, in the form of potassium enriched mixed salts, from the Karinga Lakes Potash Project before trialling third-party feedstock.
Speaking on the pilot development, Parkway Minerals Managing Director Bahay Ozcakmak said it was a big step forward for the commercialisation process.
"In addition to showcasing some of our key competencies, the aMEs pilot plant provides us with an incredibly powerful capability to demonstrate the
performance and advantages of our aMES technology," he said.
"The aMES pilot plant has been designed with flexibility in mind, allowing us to readily reconfigure the plant, to be able to test a range of process designs, thereby maximising the utility of the pilot plant," he added.
Shares in Parkway Minerals are currently trading for one cent each, up 18.8 per cent at 2:59 pm AEDT.